International Trade

  • August 25, 2016

    Patent Co. Asks To Dump Toyota From ITC Infotainment Probe

    A patent portfolio company that requested a U.S. International Trade Commission’s probe of foreign automakers over vehicle imports that allegedly infringe certain infotainment system technology patents asked the administrative law judge overseeing the case on Wednesday to drop Toyota from the agency’s investigation.

  • August 25, 2016

    US Chicken Producers Squawk About Chinese Tariff Extension

    U.S. chicken producers on Wednesday blasted the Chinese government’s decision to extend countervailing duties on their products for another five years, claiming that Beijing is brazenly flouting a World Trade Organization decision that struck down the tariffs three years ago.

  • August 25, 2016

    IRS Can Collect Taxes In Virgin Islands Residency Fight

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service could assess taxes against the estate of a man who wrongly claimed residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands in an alleged tax avoidance scheme, rejecting the U.S. Tax Court’s finding that the IRS was time-barred from doing so.

  • August 25, 2016

    Steel Cos. Dispute Italian, Asian Steel Dumping Duties

    JSW Steel Ltd., Nucor Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. on Wednesday filed complaints with the Court of International Trade over an order from the U.S. Department of Commerce that imposed antidumping duties on corrosion-resistant steel products from Italy, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

  • August 25, 2016

    USTR Opens Door For More Tariff Cuts On Travel Goods

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday said it would consider expanding the tariff cuts granted to travel goods under the Generalized System of Preferences, heeding the calls of industry reps and lawmakers who said that the initial round of duty reductions was insufficient.

  • August 24, 2016

    Judge Tells Hungarian Execs, SEC To Get Ready For Trial

    After a grueling two-and-a-half hour hearing Wednesday on opposing motions for summary judgment, a New York federal judge sounded unconvinced by either side in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging that three former executives of Hungary’s largest telecommunications firm paid bribes and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. 

  • August 24, 2016

    Duty Evasion Rules Usher In New Customs Enforcement Era

    The unveiling of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s new rules for challenging duty evasion schemes is a true game-changer for the agency’s enforcement regime, tasking attorneys for both petitioners and respondents with tackling a host of new deadlines and transparency questions.

  • August 24, 2016

    Canada, Lilly Make Last Pleas In Patent Policy NAFTA Row

    Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. and Canada’s government have made their final arguments to a World Bank tribunal over whether decisions by Canadian courts to terminate two of the company's patents violate the North American Free Trade Agreement, briefs made public this week show.

  • August 24, 2016

    Phone Cases Not Subject To 'Container' Tax, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Court of International Trade decision placing OtterBox phone cases in the relatively low-tax “other articles of plastics” category for tariff calculation, saying the cases have only one of four traits typical of goods in a more heavily taxed “container” category.

  • August 24, 2016

    Scotland Says Brexit Will Hurt Tax Revenues

    The Scottish government released a report Tuesday in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, saying the move could reduce Scottish tax revenues by between £1.7 billion and £3.7 billion ($2.2 billion and $4.9 billion) a year by 2030.

  • August 24, 2016

    Japan Again Suspends Retaliatory Tariffs On US Goods

    Japan announced Monday it will continue to suspend enforcement of its World Trade Organization-authorized retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products.

  • August 24, 2016

    CIT Upholds Commerce Decision On Copper Tube Duties

    The Court of International Trade on Tuesday affirmed a U.S. Department of Commerce decision deeming a Thai copper maker the best available surrogate available for assessing anti-dumping duties on a handful of Chinese companies, seemingly ending a tariff challenge that had already been twice remanded to the agency.

  • August 24, 2016

    ITC Rolls Out Import Monitoring Tool Under New Trade Bill

    The U.S. International Trade Commission released a web-based tool on Tuesday that allows the public to monitor changes in U.S. imports, the agency's latest action under the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.

  • August 24, 2016

    Lewis Brisbois Adds Father-Son Pair To Business Practice

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has brought on a father-son duo, fomerly of the Vernon Law Group PLLC, to its business services practice in Dallas and Los Angeles.

  • August 23, 2016

    ITC Judge Clears Fitbit Of Jawbone's Trade Secrets Claims

    An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission on Tuesday ruled that Fitbit Inc. did not misappropriate trade secrets from its competitor Jawbone to make its fitness trackers, making the latest development in a multijurisdictional intellectual property battle between the wearable tech rivals.

  • August 23, 2016

    3 Takeaways From CFIUS' OK Of ChemChina-Syngenta Deal

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' approval of ChemChina's $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta is the largest-ever outbound Chinese acquisition, and experts say the green light bodes well for future deals that will have to be approved by the committee because CFIUS evaluates the merits of each deal without being influenced by outside factors.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-Contractor Officials Get 13 To 18 Months For Gunrunning

    Four ex-employees of defense contractor Sabre Defence Industries LLC were sentenced Friday to between 13 and 18 months in prison for their role in a scheme to smuggle gun parts into England, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said Monday.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-USTR Frets About Transparency In Duty Evasion Regs

    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a former U.S. trade representative, expressed concern on Monday that newly released rules aimed at combating the evasion of import duties will not engender a fully open and transparent process and vowed to closely monitor their implementation.

  • August 23, 2016

    Venezuela Must Pay $1.2B To Canadian Miner, Tribunal Says

    An international arbitration tribunal on Monday ordered Venezuela to pay a Canadian mining firm more than $1.2 billion for nationalizing its investments in the country and improperly restricting gold exports, adding to the financially struggling country's woes.

  • August 23, 2016

    Wyden Biding His Time On TPP Position

    Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is in no rush to take a stance for or against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his spokesman told Law360 on Tuesday, placing the burden on Republican leaders to tee up a formal debate on the pact.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Key Takeaways From Key Energy’s FCPA Settlement

    Michael Volkov

    Key Energy had adopted a code of conduct, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption policy, and a procurement policy, but made no effort to ensure that these policies were enforced in Mexico. Companies continue to fall short on the compliance front by relying on local country managers, says Michael Volkov, a former federal prosecutor.

  • Export Penalty Guidance: A View From The Inside

    Kim Carlson

    On July 22, a final rule on export penalty guidance from the Bureau of Industry and Security became effective. Kim Carlson of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP sat down to discuss the implications with Troy Shaffer, a senior global trade adviser with the firm’s international trade group and retired special agent of the BIS Office of Export Enforcement.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.

  • Food Equity Act Would Add USDA To CFIUS

    Christopher R. Brewster

    Recently introduced legislation proposes to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a full member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It is fair to say that the prospects for the bill are good, but if nothing else, it is certain to revive the debate over the nexus between national security and food supply, say attorneys at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Risk Management Tips For Attys Serving As Local Counsel

    Patrick S. (Sean) Ginty

    Often, the lead counsel in a case maintains sole contact with the client and makes substantive decisions, relying upon the local counsel only to serve in the requisite capacity to satisfy jurisdictional procedures. Therein lies the problem — absent appropriate precautionary measures, the local attorney faces equal malpractice exposure for the substantive, strategic decisions of the lead counsel, say Patrick (Sean) Ginty of CNA Glob... (continued)

  • Beware The 'Standard' Mediation Confidentiality Agreement

    Jeff Kichaven

    There are several risks involved with signing a "standard" mediation confidentiality agreement, both to your clients and to yourself. Once you recognize these risks, you will never sign a standard MCA again, at least not without a lot of thought and a lot of disclosures to your client, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • How Vietnamese Shrimp Decisions Will Affect Trade Disputes

    Oliver Massmann

    After a legal dispute spanning over a decade, the World Trade Organization has finally banned the zeroing method of determining dumping margins, relaxing anti-dumping laws that affected Vietnam's shrimp exports. This agreement marks a significant and critical change in Vietnam's usage of dispute settlement mechanisms, according to Oliver Massmann, general director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC.

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Law Libraries

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    As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.

  • Law Students Should Explore BigLaw Pro Bono Options

    Michael Scudder

    I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.